Mizumukae- Scenes related to “death” on the south Island
Nikolai Nevsky visited Miyakojima in 1926 for the first time and discovered the stories about "water" on the island. They are folklore stories about ochimizu (rejuvenation water) and shinimizu (death water). The sun and the moon prepared ochimizu which brings immortal revitalization and shinimizu which brings death, and commanded Akariyazagama, who is the messenger, to carry them and pour the ochimizu onto human beings and pour shinimizu onto serpents. However, when Akariyazagama was tired from traveling and taking a nap, a serpent appeared and poured the ochimizu onto itself. Thus, the troubled Akariyazagama had no choice but to pour the shinimizu onto humans.
When I went down to the Urigar (underground well) called Nagashigar on Tarama Island, I understood the reason why I couldn't see anything important no matter how long I walked around Miyakojima. This is because the stories about Minamijima did not occur on the surface of the island, but they rather took place at the foot of flowing water, below the ground. "Water" is indispensable for human life. People who arrived in Miyakojima inevitably started their life by searching for "water." The wells under the cliffs, the water in the natural caves, and the pool water in the wetlands were important for people to live. However, the "water" also had the shadow of "death" from the beginning.